My Favourite Departmental Moments of 2019!
I hope that you’ve all had a great time over the holiday period and I can’t believe that we are at the end of another year. Not only this, but we’re almost at the end of another decade! I thought that I’d use my final post of the year to share my favourite moments from 2019 in the Film and TV department with you. I can’t place them in a particular order but I hope that you enjoy nonetheless!
Viewing Singin’ in the Rain (1952) with the new first years has to be one of my most memorable moments. I’ve seen the film many times but it was a joy to be in an audience with people who had never seen it before. The experience actually made me feel rather warm and fuzzy on the inside. Everyone laughed during the humorous moments and had a thoroughly good time. It goes to show that what I always say is true, just because a film is old doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining. Obviously new films can be entertaining too but I think I the screening of Singin’ in the Rain demonstrated that the legacies of such films are in safe hands with the new Warwick Film and TV students. It made me so happy to see that they appreciated the craftsmanship that went into making the film and that the magic that comes with watching a classic musical was not lost on them.
This year marked the first time I got to see the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away (2001). This will always stick in my mind, not because of the film itself but the seminar that came after it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the film but I don’t think I made a very good case as to why as my explanation just resulted in the whole group bursting into a fit of laughter. It’s these moments that I love because to me, there is nothing better than a moment of spontaneous unbridled laughter. That seminar is something I’ll never forget. In fact, my lecturer said: “That’s it, from now on, whenever I watch Spirited Away, I’ll think of you Ellie.” I clearly made quite the impression that day!
One of the very best parts of 2019 in the department, however, was being able to continue to build relationships with my amazing peers. I’m probably biased but I think that my year is the best. Everyone is so supportive of each other and we really do feel like a little family. If any of you are reading this, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for helping to make my 2019 so wonderful. The same has to be said for all of the departmental staff. I really couldn’t ask for a better department. I’ve finally found somewhere where I feel as though I belong.
What am I most looking forward to in the department in 2020? Definitely looking at the musical genre in the Hollywood Cinema module. I love learning about all genres of film but I really do have a soft spot for the musical. It’s wonderful to see my peers light up when talking about their favourite genres in seminars and now it’s finally my turn! I can’t wait to share my knowledge with everyone and also learn new things. I learn new things everyday in the department so I doubt this will be any different!
I hope that everyone has a great start to 2020 and that you’ve found my posts this year to be of use. What have been your favourite departmental moments of 2019? Let me know in the comments! See you in the next decade!